National Honorary Board Members
George Lucas is one of the American film industry's most independent, financially successful directors and producers. In 1973, he formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd, where he wrote and directed the movie, American Graffiti, which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. His next venture was the hugely successful Star Wars films which broke all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. Lucas also collaborated with Steven Spielberg to create the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. In 1992, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the film industry. Today, Lucas is spearheading digital cinematography for movies and has been partially responsible for developing the new modern sound systems found in many movie theaters called the THX System.
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis is a former football running back for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and is considered one of the best big backs of his era. He is the fifth leading rusher in NFL history. Jerome began his career at the University of Notre Dame in 1990; in 1993, the Los Angeles Rams drafted him in the first round pick of the NFL. After three years with the Rams, Bettis was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where, in 2006, he ended his career on top with a Super Bowl win. Currently, Jerome has signed on as a studio commentator for NBC's new Football Night in America and he is very active in various humanitarian programs in his community.
Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label (Bluegrass Rules! in 1998, Ancient Tones in 1999, History of the Future in 2001, Soldier of the Cross, Live at the Charleston Music Hall, and Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 2003, Brand New Strings in 2005, Instrumentals in 2007, Salt of the Earth with The Whites in 2008, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 in 2009 and Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved along with Mosaic in 2010), the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.
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